Troy Councilman Bob Doherty, chair of the Public Safety Committee, appeared at the State Liquor Authority and spoke on behalf of the owners of Kokopellis, according to sources.
The SLA is investigating the Fourth Street bar in light of the recent melee that ended with five people arrested that night and eight officers injured, six to the point of needing hospital treatment. Since, two others have been arrested, one for throwing a trash can through the back window of a police cruiser.
Doherty hosted a well-attended Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday to hear from the public regarding the incident and allegations of police brutality. There is another scheduled for Next Wednesday to hear the police side of things.
The TPD is conducting a number of internal investigations and there are calls for an external agency to come in and take a look at whether or not officers used excessive force, as surveillance and cell phone video seem to indicate.
So, the question becomes, why is Doherty, an elected public official, advocating on behalf of the bar in front of a state agency when there are so many unanswered questions. And, he is at the same time holding hearings which are supposed to help answer the very same questions.
More on this story as it develops.